ERIC Number: ED370988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Rank-in-Class, Grade Point Average, and College Admissions.
Levy, Jack; Riordan, Patricia
In 1992-93, high school and college forms of a questionnaire on rank in class (RIC), grade point average (GPA), and college admissions were developed and mailed to high schools and colleges. Usable returns were received from 2,175 high schools and 1,109 colleges and universities. To elaborate on questionnaire data, in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 college admissions officers and 50 high school seniors. Results indicate a clear difference of opinion between high schools and colleges about the importance of RIC. Many high schools have instituted or are considering the adoption of a nontraditional evaluation system that will directly contrast with college preferences. In addition, students were nearly unanimous in their opposition to the calculation of RIC. With current changes in educational assessment, the number of high schools that do not rank students will probably increase. Cooperation between high schools and colleges to resolve these issues will be imperative. Appendixes A and B contain the questionnaires; Appendix C gives a profile of schools that do not calculate RIC, and Appendix D makes recommendations for GPA and RIC calculations. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Admissions Officers, Class Rank, College Admission, Colleges, Cooperation, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Interviews, Questionnaires, Surveys, Tables (Data)
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.